In our series covering the videos released by adidas, we have been following some of the players that Leo Messi himself selected to wear his boots at the professional ranks. The players all have very bright futures ahead of them and Messi wants the youngsters to know that their hard work has not gone unnoticed by allowing the players to wear the Messi 15.1 boots. In the previous two episodes we have seen some incredible bits of talent and been introduced to the lads. Now in episode 3, we see how some of the players deal with the immense pressure that comes with playing at the top level. Each player goes on to talk about the greatest pressure they have ever felt while playing soccer at the professional ranks.

Up first we see LA Galaxy star Gyasi Zardes who claims he does not feel that bit of nervousness when he steps onto the field as he feels there is a reason to be in the starting 11, so why feel any pressure? The Galaxy are currently in preseason training ahead of the next MLS campaign which will start back in March. Zardes talks about playing in the 2014 MLS Cup final in front of his family and friends. Facing the pressure head on, Zardes was able to score in front of them. Zardes’ ultimate goal is to compete and win a World Cup one day for the USMNT.

Olympique Lyonnais star youngster Maxwell Cornet says that the pressure helps him perform above and beyond his limits. OL is currently in the heat of things in Ligue 1 with some big matches coming up soon. Wins are a must and Cornet will have to help knock in some goals with the club sitting 9th in table. When Cornet hangs up his boots one last time, he wants to look back and be able to say he has won every trophy he possibly can for club and country.

Aleksey Miranchuk of Lokomotiv Moscow talks about how he faced pressure when coming on to the field in the Russian Cup final at half time and ended up scoring the winning goal. Lokomotiv are currently in their offseason with their first game back being a Europa League clash against Turkish club Fenerbahçe. Miranchuk hopes to become a National Team regular while winning the Russian Premier league.

Timo Werner describes his play in the Bundesliga in his young career as successful as he has been able to break several records for the club (VFB Stuttgart) even at 19 years old. Werner and Stuttgart kicked off their second half of the Bundesliga with a dominating 3-1 win over Cologne with Werner himself bagging a goal. He wants to break into the German National Team and after that he wants to set himself new goals.

A brief cameo from NYCFC striker Khiry Shelton shows the American talking about his ambitions of playing at the highest level playing with and against world class talent. He also wants to be recoginized as player who loves the game he plays. Like Zardes, Shelton is with his team preparing for the upcoming MLS season.

At the very end of the video we see Werner, Cornet, and Miranchuk congratulate Leo on winning the Ballon d’Or for the 5th time. It’s great to see that the players realize that they are being noticed by one of the greatest players ever to grace the field.

Backed By Messi: Episode One

Backed By Messi: Episode Two


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